One of the most prominent experts in COVID-19, both from a therapeutic and a policy perspective, is Professor Christian Perronne from France.
Professor Perronne, MD, PhD, is Professor of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Faculty of Medicine of Paris-Ile de France-Ouest, University of Versailles-St Quentin. He is chief of a Department of Infectious Diseases at the Raymond Poincaré University Hospital in Garches, belonging to the Greater Paris University Hospitals group.
Professor Perronne has a long distinguished career in medicine. He was vice-chairman of the National Reference Centre on Tuberculosis and Mycobacteria at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He is the past-president of the French College of Professors of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (CMIT). He was president of the Communicable diseases commission at France’s High Council for Public Health (HCSP), an official body making recommendations for public health and vaccination policies.
Since 1994, Professor Christian Perronne has been a leader in the the development of therapies for chronic Lyme disease, which brought him, well before COVID-19, to already challenge the medical establishment about how to treat this disease.
Professor Perronne has also considerable expertise with vaccination, as he is a past vice-president of the European Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation – an official body advising the World Health Organization.
Professor Perronne was in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, as chief of a department of infectious diseases at the Raymond Poincaré University Hospital in Garches, belonging to the Greater Paris University Hospitals group. He used the therapeutic protocol developed in Marseille by Professor Raoult and his team, comprising hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin.
Thanks to his vast experience in various policy positions in the French medical system, over the past decades, Professor Perronne became not only an attentive observer, but also a vocal critic, of the therapeutic response by the French authorities to the pandemic. His recent book “Is there a mistake they did not commit – the sacred union of incompetence and arrogance.”
Today, Professor Perronne is a celebrity in France, with his best selling book and numerous appearances on radio and TV.
We are extremely grateful he has accepted this invitation for an extensive, in depth interview, which comprises 4 parts:
- How to treat COVID-19?
- Therapy approval and clinical trials
- Vaccination for COVID-19
- Politicization of medicine
We hope you will appreciate the interview, and also draw the immediate lessons for your own context. It’s obviously not only France that did numerous mistakes when it comes to the therapeutic response to COVID-19. Most lessons and policy recommendations in this interview are applicable globally.